PINEVILLE – When Dennis Dunn accepted the position as head coach of the Louisiana College football team in December 2005, it was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream and divine purpose.
By Brian Blackwell
PINEVILLE – When Dennis Dunn accepted the position
as head coach of the Louisiana College football team in December 2005,
it was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream and divine purpose.
“God has called me here,” said Dunn, whose
great-great-grandfather served on the college’s original board of
trustees and even donated land where the school now sits.
“I’ve had lots of family who have gone to school here,” continued the
43-year-old head coach. “So I believe God has allowed me this
opportunity to reap the seeds sown a hundred years ago by my
Success seems to follow Dunn wherever he has gone.
Dunn is best known as the coach who turned Evangel
Christian Academy into a national powerhouse. During his 14 seasons at
the Shreveport high school, Dunn’s teams won 13 district titles, nine
state titles and one national championship. He coached 19 prep
And when he was head coach of Woodlawn High School,
Dunn won three district titles in five seasons – not bad for someone
coaching their first team. His high school coaching record stands at
But Dunn is more concerned about his players’
spiritual walk than setting records in Division III, where LC competes.
“I want our players to understand that success in my
eyes is not determined by wins on the field,” he explained. “Success is
determined in five, 10, 15 years down the road when I’ve found out what
kind of husbands, fathers and businessmen they turn out to be. If we
have wins on the field but not any character, we’re not successful.”
Dunn stressed he will emphasize such priorities as Christ, morality and character at LC.
“With those priorities, wins will take care of themselves,” Dunn said.
For that reason, he said his team will be active in
the community. In February, 25 players participated in a three-day
crusade at Winn Parish Correctional Facility. A handful of his players
shared their personal testmonies there.
“It was a great experience for my kids,” Dunn explained. “They were moved.
“And that’s part of my goal – to be exposed to
things outside of football,” he continued. “Their lives will be
impacted and they will understand that life is not about us, but about
giving our lives away.”
In addition to the February prison ministry, Dunn
said his players will visit nursing homes, hospitals and wherever there
are hurting people who need the love of Christ.
“We will find those rejected by society and let them
know they’re loved,” said Dunn. “That’s the Lord’s business.
“When we get involved in His business, He gets
involved in ours,” he continued. “God is actively involved in His
children’s lives, whether they are doctors, politicians, teachers or
In a state where many players fail to gain the attention of Division I
schools such as Louisiana State University, Dunn believes LC can
recruit those players who “fall through the cracks.”
“We haven’t even hit the tip of the iceberg in terms
of what we can accomplish,” Dunn explained. “We’re a diamond and not in
a rough. We just have to dust it off.”
As for his team’s success on the field, Dunn
believes the Wildcats can surpass last season’s 4-5 record with a team
that will have 74 freshmen playing this fall.
“We’ll win this year,” he said. “We’ll have a
winning season. We’ll have success a lot sooner than people think.”
“People can expect us to play with passion and with
an incredibly competitive spirit,” Dunn continued. “And we’ll win and